Grandson #5 arrived last night at 6:34p. Nathaniel Colt Austin weighed in at 7-4 and was 19-1/2" long.
For those in the crowd who love hearing every detail of labor and deliveries (labors and delivery?), my daughter-in-law tends to dilate without going into labor, which was the case this time with her 4th boy....
She delivered our eldest grandson way too early, at 25 weeks. Since then she was gone full term but was dilated to 8 cm (!) before going into labor with grandson #2 and 6 cm with #3. For her regularly scheduled doctor's appointment yesterday with #4 she was dilated 7-8 cm. Last night at dinner she felt the baby shift, had one contraction, and knew it was time.
My son and DIL barely made it to the ER. In fact, she delivered leaning back in the wheelchair - never making it to the gurney!
Mother and baby are both doing well, I'm happy to report. I'm leaving now for the hospital and to help take care of #s1-3 until tomorrow.
Kelli and the mods are in charge!
I can't imagine a better Christmas present from your children.
Congratulations and may Nathaniel grow up to be a mighty warrior for God.Posted by: Phil Schembri is Hisman at December 15, 2009 11:57 AM
Congratulations Staneks!! BOYZ!!! :)Posted by: carla at December 15, 2009 11:58 AM
Congratulations!!!Posted by: Carol at December 15, 2009 12:10 PM
Wonderful Christmas present to all: The Gift of Life !!
Congrats, Jill!!Posted by: RSD at December 15, 2009 12:13 PM
Congradulations Jill, You'll be a fantastic grandma! RJPosted by: RJ Sandefur at December 15, 2009 12:49 PM
Awww, congratulations! :DPosted by: Vannah at December 15, 2009 1:12 PM
This is wonderful news!!! Congratulations! My sister has four boys...i can only imagine how loud your son and DIL's house must be :-)Posted by: Sydney M at December 15, 2009 1:39 PM
This kid is going to regret being born so close to Christmas, because he'll probably only get one present. Ask my son -- he was born on December 22nd.
Just joking -- congratulations, what a beautiful child.Posted by: Phillymiss at December 15, 2009 2:31 PM
Congrats on Baby Nathaniel! :) Lucky girl...I was in labor for 19 1/2 hours!only had an epidural at the end because they practically BEGGED me...good thing I did, they ended up doing a c-section because she didn't want to come out. She was 7 weeks early. :)Posted by: Pamela at December 15, 2009 2:33 PM
I just love it when 'breeders' reproduce.
Congrats and best wishes to all the family, extended family and friends of the now post natal human being.
Be sure to post a picture of the 'carbon' foot print of the former human embryo/fetus' .
yor bro kenPosted by: kbhvac at December 15, 2009 5:51 PM
CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS to all! We hope to see a real photo of Nathaniel in a future post. LL :)Posted by: laura_loo at December 15, 2009 6:06 PM
Congratulations, Jill!! I'm so happy for you all! :)Posted by: bethany at December 15, 2009 6:19 PM
Most regular folk refer to these young humans as babys regardless of their stage of development or location.
Nearly everynew born I have seen is kind of 'ugly'.
It takes a few hours for all their features to resume their natural shape and color.
Having said all that, Nathaniel cleans up good and is a handsome lad.
A friend of mine is fond of describing some of God's dealings with him as being 'pulled through a knothole backwards'.
I believe is also an apt description of the birth experience from the child's perspective.
It takes awhile to get your 'self' together again.
I will leave it to the kinder gentler gender to describe the birthing experience from the mother's perspective.
yor bro kenPosted by: kbhvac at December 15, 2009 6:23 PM
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU JILL AND TO THE ENTIRE STANEK FAMILY!! WOO-HOO!!
"Children are a heritage unto the Lord, the fruit of the womb is His reward."
You are truly blessed.Posted by: Prolifer L at December 15, 2009 8:22 PM
Congrats! What an adorable fully-gestated grand-clump of tissue. Your grand-lump of cells certainly is very photogenic!
But in all seriousness, that is a beautiful baby, my most sincere congratulations to you and all of your family. :)Posted by: xalisae at December 15, 2009 8:39 PM
Congrats to Jill and all!!!Posted by: Elisabeth at December 15, 2009 9:19 PM
Ken and X --> LOL!
Congratulations!Posted by: Jasper at December 15, 2009 11:28 PM
Yay for babies! How sweet!
LOL, for those of you (men) who wanted a description of labor from a woman's perspective... well, it hurts a lot and it can be a bit messy. The pain is something you never really forget, but as soon as you get to see the child you know in your heart it was all worth it. ALL of it. The pain, the mess, the soreness afterwards, the tiredness, SO completely worth it. Uncomfortable pregnancy? Worth it! Stitches in a "tender area"? Worth it!
There's nothing in the whole world like giving birth, holding that sweet baby for the first time, loving that baby with everything you've got plus some, even though you've only known that baby for 38 weeks or so and this is the first time you've gotten to meet him/her face-to-face.
Side note - it's so amazing how different a birth can be for each woman. I give birth quickly, but not quite as quickly as your DIL, Jill. With my second, I didn't realize I was in labor until my grandmother browbeat me into going in "just to get checked" because she knew I had been "uncomfortable" the night before. So, they went with me to the commissary and I spent a good hour or more there getting my groceries, and we went past the post hospital on the way home (I lived an hour away from post at the time). Guess what? Grandma and Grandpa ended up taking my groceries AND my oldest son home and I ended up staying at the hospital. I was 4-5 cm dilated. In retrospect, I realize now that I had been in labor since late the previous evening. It's funny that I didn't realize I was in labor the second time around until it was about time for hospital admittance, and the first time I knew I was in labor for quite some time before it was time to go to the hospital.
I ended up having my second child less than three hours after being admitted to the hospital. All they had to do was strip my membranes and let me walk a bit. They also gave me Pitocin in my IV without asking first (I found that out after delivery and it did not make me happy but there was nothing I could do about it then). The anesthesiologist did not make it in time so it was natural all the way, baby! :-)
I will be having this one with no meds as well. After having the last that way, I can say it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and I felt GREAT after the delivery. I was able to get up immediately and eat a meal and generally just felt much better than I had the first time around. The first time around, I had morphine and felt like garbage after the delivery (and my son had minor breathing problems for a short time due to the meds, he needed a dose of Narcan). One thing I have found about myself and labor is that when I am miserable enough to cry and beg for painkillers, that means I am almost ready to deliver.Posted by: army_wife at December 16, 2009 8:55 AM
Oh, and by the way - not every newborn has a misshapen head and all that. I was fortunate enough to have very "pretty" newborns. Yeah, I know, I'm their mom so I'll always think my kids are handsome even if others don't quite see it that way. But other people told me they were very "pretty" even though they were boys. They had beautiful round little baby heads and a peachy complexion with very nice features and beautiful thick, long eyelashes (a gift from their father - he has WONDERFUL eyelashes, they make me jealous a little... LOL).
My kids tend to be on the smaller side (the first was 6# 13oz. and the second exactly a pound smaller) so that may be why - their heads don't have to "mold" to an odd shape to fit through my body structures, and I don't spend a huge amount of time in the pushing stage of labor either.
But I think even newborns who do have "misshapen heads" are sweet (and the head will go back to its proper shape soon enough after delivery, anyway). Every time I see a baby I just want to snuggle and "mother" him/her.Posted by: army_wife at December 16, 2009 9:14 AM
What a wonderful news! Congratulations from Europe!!!Posted by: Eva at December 16, 2009 9:25 AM
Congratulations grandmamaPosted by: truthseeker at December 16, 2009 9:50 AM
Congratulations Jill. What a wonder Christmas gift from God. God bless you all.Posted by: Janet at December 16, 2009 10:00 AM
yah. Congratulations to you all.
Only 7 weeks to go and we will meet our little boy too. (that is if he decides to appear on time.Posted by: Therese at December 17, 2009 2:43 AM
Wonderful news. Congrats to all, and God's Blessings for Mother and Baby!!Posted by: Gerard Nadal at December 17, 2009 5:28 AM
Pro-life well wishes upon a baby's birth can be quite witty! Thanks, all! lolPosted by: Jill Stanek at December 17, 2009 8:13 AM
Congrats on the new grand baby!
My brother just called me about fifteen minutes ago, to tell me the results of their ultrasound today and I will be getting another......NIECE! Yippeee! Another niece to give Disney Princess stuff to! (Not that I don't love my three nephews, I do, but I have three nieces and the youngest one (5 1/2) has already
Not sure how my nephew will take this news, but he doesn't understand what's going on anyway.....he might suspect something when his mommy's belly gets a little bigger.Posted by: LizFromNebraska at December 17, 2009 11:08 AM
oops, I accidentally cut off part of my previous post....I had already rejected disney princesses for High school musical at the age of 5 (just because her sister likes it)Posted by: LizFromNebraska at December 17, 2009 11:12 AM
Therese, we are due about the same time, and both with boys! That's cool! :-) (I have 7 weeks to go, give or take a couple days.)Posted by: army_wife at December 17, 2009 1:37 PM
Merry Christmas and God Bless you and all your family. There is nothing like babies and the joy that they bring. They are worth fighting for.
Congratulations for the increase of the grandchildren and Thanks for all you do for life.